Cheeseburger soup made with potatoes, Ro*tel, and Velveeta cheese is the perfect lazy Sunday soup when the weather’s chili and you just want to hang on the couch under a blanket!
Yay! Cheeseburger soup! This soup is so easy to make and is the ultimate comfort food. We keep this cheeseburger soup recipe on our regular rotation all fall and winter long.
It’s so versatile too, add bacon for bacon cheeseburger soup, use Ro*tel for spicy cheeseburger soup, skip the potatoes for low carb cheeseburger soup, or throw it all in the slow cooker for crockpot cheeseburger soup!
If you’re looking at the pictures in this post and thinking, man that looks good… but do I really want to get up and make it? Just stop. Stop right there with that line of thought, pick yourself up and go to the kitchen.
Make this soup. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. (Okay, if someone’s gonna give you cash, maybe it’s cool to grab that first). But for real. This Cheeseburger soup is where it’s at.
Holy all that is yummy and good in the world, you want this soup. When I was working on the recipe, I worried that it would be too cheesy and we’d end up with more of a cheeseburger sauce – which would be tasty for sure, but not at all what I was going for.
Fret not though, I feel pretty darn confident that we got the ratios spot on. We being you, me, and the universe. Of course. Oh, also my taste testing husband who said “wow, this is spot on!” Maybe not in those exact words, but you get the idea.
If you’re groaning and thinking about that annoying “browning the meat part” you should use my favorite kitchen hack – making proteins ahead. We shop in bulk and instead of shoving all the food in the freezer raw, I’ll cook the whole lot of it ahead of time and then portion it into tupperware.
That way when I want to make something (like this ammmmmazing soup), I can just grab a container out of the freezer and get going. Easy peasy!”
We used Ro*tel to give this soup a little kick. I adore Ro*tel for adding flavor to meals! But if you’ve been here a while, you know that. You could totally bring things up another notch with a few chopped fresh jalapenos, but this was just the right amount of heat for us.
I like Russet potatoes for this recipe because I feel like it gives a loaded baked potato feel (and P.S. I love loaded potatoes). If you’re partial to another type of spud though, don’t be coy – try it out and let us know in the comments how it tasted!
American cheese or Velveeta cheese are both perfect in this because they melts beautifully. (Hint: our Walmart has the unwrapped American cheese right next to the wrapped ones, if you didn’t know to look there, it would be easy to miss).
Bread bowls are unquestionably the best way to serve this soup. I mean, it’s a little tongue in cheek, right? What with it basically being a deconstructed cheeseburger. But also (and most importantly) it’s crazy delicious. You can grab a round loaf at the market or make your own with our no knead beer bread recipe!
Cheeseburger Soup recipe variations:
- Plain cheeseburger soup – skip the spice by switching the R0*tel for stewed or diced tomatoes.
- Bacon cheeseburger soup – finish things off with a pile of crispy crumbled bacon on top of each bowl.
- Spicy cheeseburger soup – this recipe already has a little spice, but if you want more, add a teaspoon of chipotle powder!
- Crockpot cheeseburger soup – don’t have the time to slave over the stovetop? Toss everything except the cheese and garnishes into your slow cooker and cook high for 4 – 6 hours, or low 8 – 10 hours. At the end stir in the cheese until it’s melted and fully incorporated.
- Low carb cheeseburger soup – want to lose the carbs? Just skip the potatoes!
If you love our Cheeseburger Soup Recipe, then make sure to check out these other great cheeseburger recipe ideas:
- Spicy Chipotle Cheeseburger Dip – Cheeseburger dip is sooooo yummy! I love eating it with Fritos!
- Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes – It’s almost like cheeseburger dip on a bun. But with bacon. Mmmmmm.
- The Ultimate Loaded Burger Salad – Loaded Burger Salad, for when you want to be healthy, but not really.
- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Grilled Cheese – It’s like two beautiful worlds collided with this cheeseburger grilled cheese recipe!
- Loaded Cheeseburger Skewers – Make these loaded cheeseburger kabobs with meatbals or cut up hamburger patties. So fun for a party!
- Cheeseburger Filo Squares – Cheeseburger filo squares are for when you want cheeseburgers, but have to pretend you’re fancy. Pinkies up!
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Cheeesburger soup made with potatoes, Ro*tel, and Velveeta cheese is the perfect lazy Sunday soup when the weather's chili and you just want to hang on the couch under a blanket!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 can Ro*tel 10 ounces
- 2 cups chicken stock here's how I make chicken stock!
- 3 cups small cubed Russet potatoes approximately one large potato
- 8 ounces cubed American cheese or Velveeta
- optional: bread bowls, green onion, jalapeno, crumbled bacon
In soup pot, brown ground beef, drain and set aside.
Add Ro*tel and chicken stock to pot and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and cook covered, about ten minutes, until potatoes are done (check by piercing with a fork).
Reincorporate ground beef and add cheese. Stir over medium/low heat until everything is incorporated and heated through.
Serve in bread bowls and garnish. Enjoy!
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Cheeseburger Soup, Ingredients:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 can Ro*tel, 10 ounces
- 2 cups chicken stock (here’s how I make chicken stock!)
- 3 cups small cubed Russet potatoes (approximately one large potato)
- 8 ounces cubed American or Velveeta cheese
- optional: bread bowls (here’s my favorite bread recipe!), green onion, jalapeno
Cheeseburger Soup, Directions:
- In soup pot, brown ground beef, drain and set aside.
- Add Ro*tel and chicken stock to pot and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and cook covered, about ten minutes, until potatoes are done (check by piercing with a fork).
- Reincorporate ground beef and add cheese. Stir over medium/low heat until everything is incorporated and heated through.
- Serve in bread bowls and garnish with green onion or jalapeno. Enjoy!
This recipe originally appeared as a partnered post with Conagra on 2-16-17